An arts council is a government or private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts mainly by funding local artists, awarding prizes, and organizing events. The Fresno Arts Council is the official agency of the City and County of Fresno that is tasked to promote the arts industry and Enrich Our Community’s Way of Life Through the Arts.
Our Mission and Purpose
The Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1979 under the name of the “Alliance for the Arts” by local artists, arts organizations and interested individuals who wished to create a voice for the arts in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
Our mission is to “enrich peoples lives through the arts.” Our purpose is to foster an arts community that recognizes and honors the contributions of its citizens to the arts; advocate to city, county, state and national institutions on issues of concern to valley artists; collaborate with community leaders, businesses, corporations, foundations and other arts organizations to bring artists and audiences together.
The Fresno Arts Council sponsors, promotes and encourages the arts throughout the city and county of Fresno and acts as an umbrella for artists and art organizations from all cultures and disciplines through advocacy, education, programs and services.
We are a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer board of directors and serve as the local partner to the California Arts Council. The Council solicits support from foundations, government and corporate funders, membership dues and private donations.
Programs and Services
- Arts in Education
- Arts in Corrections
- Art Hop – open galleries
- Technical assistance workshops
- United arts advocacy
- Local liaison for the California Arts Council
- City and County consultant for art in public places
- Annual Horizon Awards
- Annual Dining with the Artists
- Arts Alive in Agriculture! – Juried Exhibition
- Fiscal receivership for individual artists and arts groups
- Art & Soul © Symposium
- Poet Laureate
- Poetry Out Loud
- Veterans Programs